“Avant-garde lofts with all the comforts of home in Cihangir, an artists’ haven close to the throb of Taksim Square”
Tuncel Toprak appointed Autoban - an Istanbul-based architecture, interior and product design firm named “Best Young Designers” by Wallpaper* magazine in 2004 - to capture his vision.
The result is 18 open, airy suites dressed in a fascinating collage of textures, including hardwood floors, marble slab, leather upholstery, faux walls laser-punched with fluid swirl designs, all bathed in natural light from 4 sets of double-doors.
Crisp white bed linens and wrought iron flourishes add definition to warm earth tones. All the furnishings are from Autoban’s own minimalist line, including the cosiest of king- or queen-sized beds with a leather-upholstered wingback-style headboard.
Another first in any hotel: Ross Lovegrove’s Istanbul bathroom series, a high style update to the traditional marble Turkish bath that includes a bouquet of showerheads raining from the ceiling of a shower roomy enough for two. You also get spoiling Molton Brown toiletries.
Categories are assigned by view and terrace space. All suites - except the King - have panoramic vistas of the bustling traffic on the Bosphorus, as well as a handful of major landmarks. The King and Queen with Panoramic Terrace and the Penthouse suites have a glorious wraparound terrace, too; do note that the Queen suite is by far the smallest room, but we'd certainly be happy here for a long weekend. Each comfortable cocoon comes complete with individually controlled air con, WiFi, 200 channels on the flat-screen TV, a Nespresso machine, an iPod dock and Bose speakers.
Enjoy breakfast in your room at no extra charge. Or grab the Turkish Daily (English language) newspaper on your doorknob and head for the buffet set in the lobby from 7-10am each day. Choices range from Turkish standards (tomatoes and cucumbers, marinated olives, white cheeses, yoghurt with dried fruit) to more international fare including dry cereals, eggs, breads, pastries and fresh seasonal fruits.
The well-equipped marble kitchen island in one corner of your suite houses a large sink, microwave and mini-bar/fridge. With utensils - from a cutting board to an electric kettle - and serving ware, you can prepare snacks and small meals. The mini-bar (stocked with the standards) doubles as a refrigerator roomy enough for purchases at neighbourhood markets.
You get complimentary room service; the front desk can recommend restaurants in the neighbourhood or farther afield, and make reservations or arrange to have dinner delivered to your room.
The hotel’s residential location and kitchen facilities are convenient for families, but lack of walls separating living and sleeping areas can be awkward, that said, an extra bed and baby cot can be added to all suites.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking